My family and I just spent this past weekend on a mini camping trip. I love it. We have an adorable pop-up camper that we could practically live in. It was the first time we took our new baby as we hadn’t been in over a year, since I was pregnant.
- I love casseroles
- I love comfort food
- Mommies mean comfort!
And the egg noodles and cream soup help too.
I sprinkled on a bit of parmesan cheese from a pizza parlor packet, because I know I could find those lying around in a apocalypse right???
“I Want My Mommy CasseroleYields: 2–3 Hungry Survivor servings, 4 Regular Joe servings
This is a zpoc spin on an already nearly completely shelf-stable meal, one that is classic American comfort food spanning decades and generations. It is what some might call “junky,” but in the event of a zombie apocalypse, a hot pile of creamy, salty, fatty goodness topped with crunchy potato chips is A-OK in my book. Go ahead and make it as junky as possible, knowing full well that this meal could potentially be your last. You only live once, right? Oh, wait.
This is also a recipe that is primo for substitutions: No egg noodle? No problem. Use macaroni or rice. No potato chips? Use crackers or Goldfish or even Bugging-In Breadcrumbs (page 94). No tuna? Use canned chicken. No peas? How about green beans, potatoes, or asparagus? And virtually any other creamed soup will work in place of mushroom—except for say, maybe, cream of shrimp (yeah, that’s a thing).
This recipe is safe–house friendly and can easily be adapted to use freeze-dried vegetables and shredded cheese, (Believe it or not, freeze-dried shredded cheese isn’t totally gross—read on to Cooking in the Well- Stocked Safe House, page 203, for more!)
Chef’s or survival knife and cutting board
1 large pot
1 small sauté pan
1 wooden spoon
1 large mixing bowl
1 can opener
1 fork or multi-tool
1 small bowl
1 Dutch oven or another baking vessel (at least 7″ x 11″)
Direct, open flame or other Stovetop Hack (page 42), and indirect, Dutch Oven or other Oven Hack (page 44)
10 minutes prep
30 minutes baking time
1 small onion, minced
1 x 12-oz. package egg noodles
2 cans tuna, preferably chunk in oil
½ can peas
2 x 14-oz. cans cream of mushroom soup (In this case, Campbell’s really is the best)
1 c. breadcrumbs, preferably panko or crushed natural potato chips
¼ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper, to taste
½ c. dried mushrooms, reconstituted
2 tbsp. dry sherry
- Preheat the Dutch Oven or other Oven Hack for 400°F baking (see Judging Temperature, page 47) in addition to building a small fire or other Stovetop Hack to boil water. Put a large pot of potable water on to boil. In the meantime, in a small pan sauté the minced onion over medium-high heat until soft and browned.
- Once the water has come to a rolling boil, cook the egg noodles for half the recommended time on the package. If using dried mushrooms, remove some cooking water from the pot to reconstitute them. Drain, then add the noodles to a large mixing bowl, set aside for now.
- Drain the tuna if it’s packed in water; otherwise, drain the oil off onto the breadcrumbs, then break the tuna up lightly with a fork or multi-tool and add it to the noodles. Add the peas, sautéed onion, mushroom soup, reconstituted dried mushrooms (if using), and dry sherry (if using) to the mixing bowl and toss well. Taste and season with salt (if needed) and pepper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, add the breadcrumbs, reserved tuna oil (or the equivalent of another oil, like olive oil), garlic powder, cumin, cayenne, and salt and pepper (to taste). Mix until the breadcrumbs are evenly coated.
- Carefully remove the lid of the preheated Dutch oven and add a light layer of oil using a paper towel or another clean cloth. Transfer the mixed noodles to the Dutch oven or, if using another Oven Hack, to a lightly greased baking dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the noodles.
- Bake covered for about 25 minutes, until hot and bubbling.
- Let cool for about 5 minutes before eating. Take a deep breath and allow nostalgic memories of your mom (before she tried to tuck into your abdomen) perk you up while tucking in yourself.
Egg Noodle Substitution: You can also use 16 ounces of macaroni or other small pasta or 1½ cups cooked rice plus additional ½ cup of liquid in place of egg noodles.on.”
I Want My Mommy Casserole
Cook up some veggies. And add the meat of choice.
Stir in the seasonings, wine and soup. And add it to a greased dish.
Sprinkle on the greasy breadcrumbs and bake!
This book is truly handy for a survival guide, if you decide you need something to pack when hiking, camping, or running from zombies. You will find all of that AND a variety of cool recipes, like Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast and Zombie Nownies. Tweet #ZPocWinter for more recipes from the bloggers behind the madness.
This post was sponsored by Ben Bella Books. I received a free cookbook by the sponsor for participating in #ZPocWinter. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, and images, are my own, unless otherwise noted. *This post contains affiliate links.
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